4.6/ 7 average rating with 213 reviewsforMaalox

Maalox
Alternatives

(aluminum / magnesium / simethicone)

Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone)

Over-the-counter

Nexium (esomeprazole)

Over-the-counter
1 of 10 alternatives
Relieves heartburn and indigestion.

Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) gives quick relief for heartburn, gas, and bloating, but it may not be as effective or last as long as other antacids.

Treats heartburn and stomach ulcers.

Nexium (esomeprazole) gives you long-lasting heartburn relief but has some risks if used long term.

Upsides
  • Works quickly.
  • Inexpensive and available over-the-counter.
  • Is one of the first choice medications for heartburn relief if you are pregnant.
  • Most people can take Nexium (esomeprazole) without any noticeable day-to-day side effects.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) lasts longer than other types of antacids (like Zantac, Pepcid, or Tums), and you only need to take it once a day.
  • You can take it in combination with a quick-acting antacid (like Maalox or Tums) if you need quicker relief.
  • Nexium (esomeprazole) is inexpensive, with over-the-counter and generic options.
  • Coupons are available for the brand name - speak to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • The packet form is a good option if you have trouble swallowing pills.They can be mixed with water for easier swallowing.
Downsides
  • Doesn't last very long. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you need longer lasting relief.
  • Is not a good option if you have frequent symptoms (more than 2 times a week). Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about stronger medications.
  • Doesn't start working right away like antacids (Tums, Rolaids, or Maalox).
  • It can take several days or weeks to start feeling benefits.
  • May not be the best choice for patients 65 years of age and older due to risk of bone fractures and severe diarrhea.
Used for
  • GERD
  • H. Pylori bacterial infection
  • Prevention and treatment of NSAID-induced gastric ulcers
Dosage forms
  • Chewable tablet
  • Liquid
  • Pill
  • Injection
  • Packet
Price
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Reviews
213 
69%
think this treatment is worth it
30%
think this treatment works well
9%
think this treatment is a hassle

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1239 
75%
think this treatment is worth it
59%
think this treatment works well
11%
think this treatment is a hassle

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Side effects
The Maalox (aluminum / magnesium / simethicone) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Nexium (esomeprazole) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and warnings
  • Aluminum and magnesium overdose

    Kidney problems

    ...and 1 more risk factors

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  • Severe diarrhea

    Being treated at a hospital

  • Bone fractures

    High dose Nexium (esomeprazole)

    ...and 3 more risk factors

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